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Gun Policy News, 15 December 2004

Afrique du Sud

15 December 2004

News24 (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG — Up to 80% of all arms and ammunition retail dealers in the country face bankruptcy because of the new firearm laws which have resulted in the awarding of only 39 applications for gun licenses between July and November. Police said on Wednesday the central firearm registration office in Pretoria had approved only 39 licenses since the inception of the new Firearms Control Act. Senior superintendent Lazarus Tlomatsana said the firearm registration... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royaume-Uni

15 December 2004

BBC News

A gun amnesty in Nottingham backed by a local boxing champion has seen only 40 weapons handed in. Nottinghamshire police say they are disappointed with the response to the latest campaign to get guns off the city's streets. A previous amnesty in April 2003 collected more than 600 weapons. Super middleweight boxing champion Carl Froch helped launch the two-week campaign, which followed the death of teenager Danielle Beccan. The launch of the amnesty, which carried... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royaume-Uni

15 December 2004

BBC News

A verdict of lawful killing has been returned by the jury in the inquest of a man shot dead by police while carrying a lighter shaped like a gun. Derek Bennett, 29, was hit four times by two marksmen in Brixton, south London, on 16 July 2001. The officers said they thought the gun was real. Coroner Selena Lynch directed the jury to return the lawful killing verdict. Mr Bennett's relatives described the jury's verdict as "outrageous" and a "travesty of justice".... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

15 December 2004

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — A felon whose gun collection was seized by police may be entitled to compensation for the property, the state's highest court has ruled. Even though convicted felons are not allowed to own firearms, Robert Serio retains his property rights because he has not been convicted of illegally possessing the weapons, the Maryland Court of Appeals said Tuesday. And while he isn't supposed to have the guns, Baltimore County police have no right to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Royaume-Uni

15 December 2004

Times (UK)

The barrister who defended Tony Martin, jailed in 2000 for killing a burglar, has admitted that the farmer was guilty. Anthony Scrivener, QC, said that the jury at Norwich Crown Court was right to convict Mr Martin of murdering Fred Barras, 16, at his farm. He spoke out because of the dispute over the rights of homeowners to defend property. "Tony Martin's actions were wrong and his case exceptional," Mr Scrivener said, "and it is wrong for politicians to play on... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

15 December 2004

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — City residents will vote next year on a proposed weapons ban that would deny handguns to everyone except law enforcement officers, members of the military and security guards. If passed next November, residents would have 90 days to give up firearms they keep in their homes or businesses. The proposal was immediately dismissed as illegal by a gun owners group. The measure — submitted Tuesday to the Department of Elections by some city supervisors... (GunPolicy.org)

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Thaïlande

15 December 2004

TNA (Thailand)

BANGKOK — Interior Minister Bhokin Bhalakula today announced a clampdown on weapons possession, warning that the run-up to next February's general election could see a spate of gun crimes. The interior minister was speaking in response to allegations by the opposition Democrat Party that the government had abused its power when 200 police officers recently stormed the home of the brother of the Democrat MP for the northern Phrae Province, Mrs. Siriwan... (GunPolicy.org)

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États-Unis

15 December 2004

Detroit Free Press, Editorial

Congress made an incredibly shortsighted budget cut when it eliminated direct local grants for gun prosecution under the successful Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Local law enforcement agencies have vowed to keep the heat on gun crimes. But the cut by Congress sends the wrong message to urban communities such as Detroit, where gun violence is a far bigger threat than international terrorism. The Bush administration had asked for $45 million for local grants to... (GunPolicy.org)

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